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ANDILH Posts: 1,543
6/5/14 10:26 P

I've long wondered about this question, except I'm pushing a 60 lb wheelchair with a 130 lb adult in it. However, I did finally give up because like others have posted, the wheels (which are large well tread wheels) absorb most of the energy exerted by the wheelchair. However, because of an injury, I do tend to move faster while pushing simply because I feel more stable and secure in my own ability.

HEATHER_DEHART SparkPoints: (372)
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6/5/14 4:26 P

Good to know I will just count it as a regular walk then, thanks!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (176,507)
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6/5/14 12:20 P

When I ran with my stroller, I was a bit slower, so my effort was less, my heart rate was lower and I actually burned LESS calories than running without the stroller.

BONNIEMCC488 Posts: 6,798
6/5/14 11:59 A

I kind of wonder the same thing, but I wouldn't put it in the tracker. I know I'm burning more calories and I know my heart rate is higher when pushing my two nephews (who weigh a combined 60 pounds). So like a lot of people say, I just think of it as a bonus... and I also love how it makes me work more muscles, especially if I try to walk a faster pace, like I would if I was by myself. Long story short, I just log the walking itself.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (102,713)
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6/5/14 7:45 A

Any extra burn you'd get from pushing the stroller you lose because your pace slows due to the pushing. So it's a wash, I think.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,394
6/4/14 9:14 P

Walking burns calories because it is weight-bearing - you have to lift your bodyweight (even if it is just a fraction of an inch). If you were carrying an 80 lb backpack, that would burn significantly more calories than if it was just you walking.

But with a stroller, the extra weight goes down through the wheels, not through your legs. While you will burn slightly more on hills, with a good stroller on level ground, the additional calorie burn is minimal.

While the weight may be similar, a mower is a very poor comparison. Try an experiment - on level grass, give a mower a single push then let go. It probably rolls a foot or two unaided. Now give a stroller a single push on a level sidewalk - it probably rolls 30 or 40 feet. Using a mower burns a lot of calories, because you are constantly working against quite significant resistance.

Good strollers are very low friction, and the additional calorie is just a few per cent more than walking yourself. If you really want a more precise estimate, use a heart rate monitor.


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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6/4/14 9:13 P

REalistically, no. The stroller is doing most of the work, so you aren't actually pushing 80 lbs or more.

I wouldn't worry about figuring out the extra; what little there will be will be minimal. A push mower is generally a lot more physical, and involves pushing against the grass, and more. A stroller's not going to give you much additional resistance. Count it as a bonus, and don't worry about the specifics. When you get caught up in trying to count every little calorie, you risk overestimating your burn.

DA_REH SparkPoints: (4,968)
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6/4/14 3:45 P

Hey Heather,

push mowers weigh right around the 80-100lb mark so I'd say that you can totally go by that if you want. Also you can keep track of your heart rate as you're walking and then go onto a website and calculate your calories burned by heart rate, weight, age, gender, and minutes active. SparkPeople Fitness Tracker will let you put in your own exercise and you'll just have to put in the calories burned you get from the other website.

Good luck and good job!

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6/4/14 3:23 P

Im wondering how I should log my walks. I walk while pushing a total of around 80 or more pounds, this including the weight of the stroller, two kids and sometimes books and groceries. Clearly I must be burning more calories then I would just walking, right?? I see pushing lawn mower in the walking search engine should I go by that?

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